As has now become known through the legal dispute between Apple and Epic Games, the online shooter Fortnite turned over the unbelievable sum of $ 9,165,000,000 in 2018 and 2019. That would have been enough to buy the SF franchise Star Wars from LucasFilm and that twice – or once Bethesda (Fallout / The Elder Scrolls).
How do you know the numbers? Apple and Epic Games are currently in court in several lawsuits against each other: The point is that Epic Games is complaining that they have to deduct a large part of their income from Fortnite to Apple on iPhones and iPads. They had rebelled against it. Apple then kicked them off their platform. Epic Games sees itself treated unfairly here and calls for “Free Fortnite.”
Apple, in turn, complains that Epic Games broke the contract and tried to bypass the payment methods in the App Store in a night and fog campaign.
In any case, information is now coming to light in court that is not normally heard. For example, an answer to the question: How much money did Fortnite generate in sales in its absolute heyday?
The trial was interrupted at the beginning by children who shouted “Free Fortnite” and other sentences.
Fortnite had sales of over $ 9.1 billion in 2018 and 2019
Fortnite earned this much in its wedding: Epic reveals the sales figures from a presentation from January 2020 (via assets.documentscloud.org):
- In 2018 Fortnite had a turnover of 5.4 billion US dollars – at today’s exchange rate that would be around 4.5 billion euros
- In 2019 it was still $ 3.7 billion
2018 is widely considered to be the wedding of Fortnite. Here, Twitch streamers like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins demonstrated the shooter to a large audience. Fortnite came into the mainstream when music stars like Drake or mainstream sports magazines became interested in the game. At the time, it looked like Fortnite was the theme in every schoolyard and played in every child’s room and many living rooms.
2019 was the big year of the Fortnite World Cup, which again caused a lot of hype, although the intoxication had already subsided.
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That’s that much money in relation: As the US side Kotaku calculates, the 9.16 billion US dollars that Fortnite has implemented in the time would be enough to buy the Star Wars franchise. Disney acquired them from Lucasfilm for $ 4 billion. Fortnite could also have financed the purchase of Bethesda by Microsoft alone: Bethesda is said to have cost 7.5 billion US dollars.
Fortnite’s sales are not yet profits, but the way Epic Games is acting, the money seems to be loose. So they deliberately pumped a lot of money into the Epic Games Store to attack market leader Steam:
Epic is investing a lot of money in the fight against Steam – powering over $ 300 million in loss